The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards made history this year. Held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 20, the ceremony achieved two major milestones: Game of Thrones won 12 Emmy awards, the most for any show in a single year, while Viola Davis became the first black woman in Emmy history to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The show also saw its most diverse pool of nominees.

Equally as diverse were the fashion statements. We saw again the shimmery metallic and exquisitely embellished gowns so popular on the red carpet this year, along with colorful stripe patterns and tuxedo looks. Necklines were also varied, from halter and off-the-shoulder to sweetheart and plunging, most likely the impetus for earrings over necklaces.

These were statement-making of course, but particularly in the circle, cluster and ear cuff/climber styles made popular at the Emmys last year. Decked out in swirls of diamonds that beautifully bookended the face, they have all the makings of the next “it” thing. Here then are several of the occasion’s most noteworthy red-carpet moments, many highlighted by the earring trend.                                        

Wearing a custom Carmen Marc Valvo gown in white with a black-leaf pattern, Viola Davis accepted the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How To Get Away With Murder. She complemented the leaf motif with platinum and diamond jewelry by Neil Lane totaling $1 million, including leaf-shape chandelier earrings, a Retro Glam leaf-shape bracelet, a pear-shape bracelet and a teardrop-shape ring.

Chopard was once again the lucky charm for Hollywood award show nominees with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep. The actress wore earrings from the designer’s High Jewelry Collection featuring 28.78 carats of cascading diamonds set in platinum, a glamorous touch to her sophisticated, one-shoulder black Clementine gown by Safiyaa.

Wearing a similar earring style was Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), who chose Forevermark diamond jewelry to accent her Lorena Sarbu strapless ball gown with floral embroidery. Her Forevermark Circle Earrings featured a swirl of fancy-shaped diamonds totaling 5.73 carats set in white gold, which she augmented with diamond bracelets and a Forevermark by Premier Gem The Center of My Universe ring showcasing a cushion-shaped diamond surrounded by a pink diamond halo.

Also in diamond swirl earrings was Jessica Paré (Mad Men). She chose a dainty pair by Fred Leighton from the 1930s, along with a platinum and diamond bracelet from the 1930s and an art deco diamond pinkie ring by the designer, which added a touch of sparkle to her elegant pink Monse gown with strapless neckline curled into a rose.

Fred Leighton was also the choice for multiple Emmy Award nominee Tina Fey, who paired the designer’s diamond and ruby-bead cluster earrings, art deco diamond and onyx line bracelet, art deco diamond link bracelet, 1920s diamond line bracelet and 1920s diamond and ruby ring, all set in platinum, with a black-and-white beaded gown by Antonio Berardi.

Cluster earrings were also seen on Uzo Aduba, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Orange Is the New Black, as well as Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), who both donned diamond designs by Kwiat.

Cat Deeley, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for So You Think You Can Dance, was one of several starlets who went the ear cuff route. She shimmered in a design by Norman Silverman featuring pear- and marquise-shape diamonds totaling 20.76 carats set in white gold, which contrasted beautifully with her antique-gold embroidered slip gown by Monique Lhuillier. Deeley also wore several Norman Silverman platinum and diamond bracelets, including one with 58.31 carats of emerald-cut diamonds, as well as a Bypass ring featuring princess-cut diamonds totaling 6.26 carats and pavé-set diamonds totaling 1.52 carats, set in platinum.

Also in ear cuffs was Tatiana Maslany, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Orphan Black. Dressed in a white tuxedo-style pantsuit with plunging neckline by Bouchra Jarrar Couture, Maslani kept the look hip with Fred Leighton’s Spiked Crescent Earrings with rose-cut diamonds set in oxidized metal that hugged the earlobes, as well as two old mine-cut diamond stud ear cuffs at the top of the left ear. She also wore four of the designer’s rings, including a 19th-century Crowned Heart diamond ring in silver on gold, a 19th-century diamond and ruby ring in silver on gold, a rose-cut diamond ring in silver on gold and an art deco platinum and diamond pinkie ring.
Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) opted for an ear climber as well to accessorize her super-chic and artfully crafted black Lie Sang Bong gown. Designed by Djula, the Star ear climbers featured an ear climber with a spray of black diamond stars that wrapped around one ear and a black diamond star post for the other. Brosnahan also wore a double-finger ring by Borgioni.

Earrings with a star motif were also seen on Taryn Manning (Orange Is the New Black), who matched an edgy gem-encrusted pair by Stephen Webster with a midnight blue Rubin Singer gown with side drape and open back. Colleague Taylor Schilling followed suit in a diamond pair by Niwaka that appeared as falling stars framing the face. Equally as bright was her “sun tone” Astrid dress by Stella McCartney featuring a drawstring of gold hardware at the neckline that also served as a one-shoulder strap.

Speaking of gold, several celebrities opted for yellow gold and similarly colored gemstones. Maggie Gyllenhaal, for instance, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for The Honorable Woman, selected 19th-century yellow gold pendant earrings, a 1970s bypass arm cuff in hammered yellow gold and a 19th-century five-stone opal and diamond ring by Fred Leighton to highlight her color-block gown in navy and hyacinth by Oscar de la Renta.

Multiple nominee Amy Poehler, including for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Parks And Recreation, made a bold statement in a geometrically inspired black Michael Kors gown along with stacks of yellow gold and ebony cuff bracelets by Neil Lane on each arm. She also wore the designer’s über-long yellow gold and black onyx earrings and five yellow gold rings.

Julianne Hough, winner of Outstanding Choreography for Dancing With The Stars, embellished her upswept hair with thin black-ribbon headbands that matched the details on her Marchesa gown, along with a yellow gold and diamond cascading-flower brooch by Neil Lane.

Also in Neil Lane was Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), who wore a whopping yellow gold and topaz cuff, as well as the designer’s yellow gold and topaz ring and stud earrings, to offset her pink Zac Posen gown with cutout detailing.

Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) went for a monochromatic look with Neil Lane’s citrine and diamond drop earrings and citrine ring, set in platinum, and a Salvador Perez gown of the same hue.

Yellow diamonds were the go-to for Heidi Klum, multiple nominee for Project Runway, who glittered in canary-diamond earrings, a canary-diamond Triangle ring and matching diamond Leaf rings by Lorraine Schwartz. Padma Lakshmi, nominee for Outstanding Reality Competition Program for Top Chef, favored the same, pairing a form-fitting chartreuse Romona Keveza gown with 1950s platinum and diamond pendant earrings and a 1920s platinum ring featuring a 3.50-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond by Fred Leighton.

Other notable color moments included Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), who was styled in head-to-toe burgundy in an off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown, along with natural ruby and mesh earrings and Ofira Jewels ruby bands by Lorraine Schwartz. Jessica Lange, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for American Horror Story: Freak Show, went all-blue in an off-the-shoulder embroidered navy gown by J. Mendel and blue sapphire and diamond jewels worth more than $1 million by Martin Katz. These included drop earrings, each featuring a cabochon blue sapphire and round brilliant-cut diamond encircled with 168 blue sapphires and 240 diamonds, all set in white gold, and an oval-shaped blue sapphire ring framed with two half-moon-shaped diamonds, set in white gold.

Pearls were spotted on Elisabeth Moss, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Mad Men, who wanted a “Hollywood glamour” look as an ode to the end of the series. She wore a suite of jewelry by Ruser, including earrings and a ring featuring American freshwater pearls and diamonds set in platinum, and a freshwater pearl and diamond bracelet set in platinum and white gold. She wore seven bracelets in total—one for each of her Emmy Award nominations—which also included a mid-century platinum and diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Yoko London was the choice for former Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who appeared statuesque in a white column gown and the designer’s drop earrings, each featuring a 13–14 mm South Sea pearl suspended from a line of diamonds with a combined total weight of 4.63 carats, set in yellow gold. She also wore a Yoko London double-finger ring centered by a 12–13 mm South Sea pearl and finished on each end by diamonds totaling 0.79 carat, set in white gold.

A few necklaces also made a strong showing, particularly Carrera y Carrera’s Mosaicos necklace on Jane Lynch, nominee for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Hollywood Game Night. The high jewelry piece, composed of 558 diamonds carefully carved in white gold, appears around the neck as a tied scarf and has a flexibility that offers a harmonious movement with the wearer.

Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) wore a similar style—hers a Crossover necklace from Forevermark featuring pear- and oval-shaped diamonds totaling 23.62 carats set in platinum. She also wore the designer’s Forevermark by Premier Gem Solitaire Martini Stud Earrings with round brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 4.19 carats set in white gold.

In one of the more standout looks of the evening, Emma Roberts (Scream Queens) looked ethereal in an ivory sleeveless gown by Jenny Packham with a plunging neckline accentuated by Martin Katz’s 40-inch Geopod diamond necklace. She also wore the designer’s diamond stud earrings and two micro-band diamond rings.

Finally, Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley) showcased a necklace featuring a 62.20-carat emerald and more than 12 carats of diamonds by Davani by A&D Gems. She also wore a bracelet with diamonds totaling 11.21 carats by Christopher Designs.
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